Homemade pizza rolls are a great way to enjoy all of the flavors of your favorite pizza, but in easy to eat, bite size pieces.
We began making pizza rolls as a way to make pizza night a little more casual and fun. The kids always loved to help us in the kitchen on pizza night and we wanted to make sure they continued to enjoy cooking.
So we decided to mix things up and see how many creations we could make using their favorite pizza ingredients.
Pizza casserole was a huge hit. This recipe combines all of the flavors of traditional pizza, but instead of using dough it uses pasta as it’s base. See Recipe HERE
It is the perfect meal for a sit down family dinner. Even the pickiest eaters love pizza casserole.
But on the night that we made pizza rolls we had other plans. Our favorite football team was playing at the same time as dinner. So that meant that we had to create something quick and easy to eat.
Homemade pizza rolls were the perfect answer!
Because we had other typical tailgate foods already prepared for the game, such as our Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread, we knew that we didn’t need a make a full meal. So we decided to turn this pizza night into an appetizer night.
How To Make Pizza Rolls
The first step in making pizza rolls is to prepare the pizza dough. Although you could take the time to make Homemade Pizza Dough, we most often use refrigerated pizza dough.
You can find this product next to the biscuits and crescent rolls in the refrigerated case. It comes in a long tube and you can often find it with both brand and generic names.
When you are ready to make your pizza rolls, flour a clean work surface. then roll out the pizza dough. Then you need to decide if you are going to add a little bit of pizza sauce to the dough.
However, when I say little, I mean a tiny bit. Just enough for the cheese and pepperoni to adhere to the crust. This step is not necessary, but an option.
Next, sprinkle garlic salt and dried Italian season over the top of the crust. Then add the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top. Finally, add your pepperoni.
I find that diced pepperoni makes it easier to cut the pizza rolls, but if you are in a hurry, you can use whole pieces of pepperoni as well.
Now it is time to roll up the dough. Start at the short end and tightly roll the dough until it forms a log. Pinch the seam together to seal.
Now it is time to slice your pizza rolls into bite size, individual pieces.
It is best to use a serrated knife when cutting through the dough. A standard kitchen knife tends to compress the dough rather than saw through the ingredients.
Place each piece, face side up on a lightly greased, rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for10 minutes, until light golden brown. Remove them from the oven and transfer to a large platter with a small bowl of marinara sauce in the center for serving.
They were the perfect addition for pizza and game night!
We have made these several times to take to parties, eat as an afternoon snack or for a quick and easy light dinner meal.
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